Isaac Kolstad Gives Thumbs Up to Doctors

Updated: 06/04/2014 2:07 PM
Created: 06/03/2014 12:53 PM
By: Megan Stewart

Isaac Kolstad, a former college football player who was allegedly kicked in the head during a fight in Mankato in May, is able to open his eyes, move his fingers and give a thumbs up to doctors, according to family.

The swelling in Kolstad's brain and face has gone down, Blaine Kolstad wrote on Isaac's CaringBridge site. This allows Isaac to open his eyes.

Doctors said Isaac had a skull fracture on the left side of his head after the fight on May 11. He was also suffering from bleeding of his brain, brain swelling and shifting, along with deterioration of his lungs from a lack of oxygen, doctors told investigators.

Isaac's family said on his CaringBridge site when he first arrived at the ER, doctors had given him less than a 3 percent chance of living. If the former Minnesota State, Mankato, student did survive, doctors said it was likely he would be in a vegetative state.

Blaine said Isaac has been impressing doctors with his progress. When stimulated, Isaac is able to reach towards the stimuli.

"For example, the physicians rubbed hard on Isaac’s chest and Isaac reached for the physicians hand and pushed it away," Blaine wrote.

Blaine said Isaac is able to pull at sheets and pillows and reach up to touch his face.

But there has been setbacks, Blain said. When Isaac is taken off sedation medications, his blood pressure rises and his breathing becomes labored.

Isaac was also recently diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, a condition caused by improper blood flow which creates clots.  

Isaac's right leg has not moved and his right arm seldom moves, Blaine said. The family has also had a hard time watching Isaac's obvious discomfort when he is taken off the medication.

"So the unknown of if and when Isaac will awaken from his coma and the unknown of if and how much Isaac will recover from his injuries still haunt us, and will for quite some time," Blaine wrote. "Only time will tell how Isaac will recover; and his marathon continues."

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